Western Canada News

B.C. retailers watch drone deliveries lift off

Retailers have started using drones to deliver products to customers in remote parts of Canada, and with companies around the world improving drone-delivery systems, an increasing number of Canadians are likely to soon be able to receive purchases by drone.


Photos: 2 Richmond FreshCo locations open with massive lines, discounts

The long-awaited grand openings of Richmond’s two new FreshCo locations were celebrated Thursday morning with ribbon cutting ceremonies, discounts, lion dances and massive line-ups.


Local clothing retailer Sitka caught in name dispute

A Victoria-based clothier in the crosshairs of a massive competitor well-versed in big-game hunting has decided it’s better to avoid the fight and live to retail another day.

Sitka, a 17-year-old outdoor apparel company, has decided to change its name to ecologyst to avoid the chance of future conflict with U.S.-based hunting apparel giant Sitka Gear.


Thompson Walmart completes Supercentre upgrade

Thompson’s Walmart store finally earned its Supercentre status May 16 after eight months’ worth of interior and exterior renovations.

While the store remained open throughout the conversion, other than a couple weeks in October due to a fire, Thursday’s “grand reopening” event saw the debut of new departments like a bakery and deli counter.


Sarah Jessica Parker to attend store opening at West Edmonton Mall

Actress and fashion designer Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Edmonton next month for the opening of her latest shoe and clothing boutique. The brand, launched in 2014, is owned by Sarah Jessica Parker and George Malkemus III, who until last month was also president of designer shoe company Manolo Blahnik USA.


Dealers drawn for Manitoba’s rural pot shops

The province has named the retailers who will offer its second phase of cannabis stores.


Sask. side to have five available liquor store permits

Saskatchewan’s new retail liquor store policy could mean more locations in the Border City. The province recently finalized its new policy to scale retail liquor permits based on population. Under the policy, communities require a minimum population of 500 to qualify for a retail liquor store, with additional stores according to the population matrix.